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The Bookworm

The Bookworm is one of the most popular expat hangouts in the city. As the name suggests, the Bookworm has loads of books for customers to read (and perhaps borrow), covering all sorts of topics. The restaurant-bar also serves Western food, beer and cocktails, including breakfast and late night munchies.

Several local organizations use the Bookworm for their meetings and events and the Bookworm hosts live music most weekends. During March, the Bookworm Literary Fair brings in top authors from across the world to read their works and interact with readers and visitors.

Read the Chengdu Living interview with Peter Goff, Bookworm founder and owner: Chengdu Stories: Peter Goff, Bookworm Founder


Bookworm prices are reasonable by Western restaurant standards but expensive for Chengdu. An average meal will cost around 45RMB and coffee ranges from 15RMB to 35RMB.


Address in Chinese: 成都市玉洁东街2-7号

Address in English: Yulin East Road #2-7, Ren min South Road #28

Telephone: (028) 85520177

Website: Chengdu Bookworm

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  1. Sascha January 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Bookworm has upped their food game recently. Good stuff, prices aren’t rough, and the daily specials are bomb. Bacon wrapped shrimp on a caesar salad. Dude.

    • Charlie June 8, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      Agree – this is a great place to hang out when it’s not too busy. Comfortable seating, familiar atmosphere, and good coffee and tea.

  2. Wisedragon September 30, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Chengdu seems like a concrete desert. But snuggled amongst the highrises and jossling cars nestles The Bookworm; an oasis of tranquility. An escapee’s paradise.

  3. Peter March 16, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Chengdu last September. Every morning we walked to it from the Kempinski Hotel, a couple of blocks away. I never enjoyed coffee more than their version with a whipped froth on top. Andrew Barnett runs the menus and besides fun and welcoming, lends enormous experience to the kitchen preparations. Peter himself is welcoming and well versed in in Chengdu’s regional history and sites. Some evenings we returned for great western style cooking.


  1. Why I Can’t Depart Chengdu | Posts - August 10, 2014

    […] the World (which led to Troy Parfitt’s Why China Will never Rule the World), and as I left The Bookworm I peered up into the sky and noticed the China Dream the Get together needs us all to see: […]

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